In the frame

Hillary Clinton reads her infamous emails at the Venice Biennale

Hillary Clinton stopped by the Venice Biennale on Wednesday where, facing a replica of the Oval Office Resolute Desk, she was confronted with the same thing that thwarted her when last she vied for a seat at that table—her now infamous emails. The installation, authored by artist and poet Kenneth Goldsmith for a project related to the biennial on view at Despar Teatro Italia, is titled HILLARY: The Hillary Clinton Emails (2019), a reference to thousands of emails stored on Clinton's private server leveraged by Republicans to undermine her bid for the US presidency in 2016. Goldsmith printed out all of Clinton’s controversial (if largely banal, as subsequent years of investigation revealed) correspondence on a stack of more than 60,000 pieces of paper, creating "the greatest poem of the 21st century, an anti-monument to the folly of Trump’s heinous smear campaign against Clinton", according to the press release for the project. Clinton, too, drafted what could be considered a great poem in response to the work, taking to Twitter—Trump's preferred platform for his own wordsmithery—to post a picture of her sitting at the desk with the tongue-in-cheek caption: "Found my emails at the Venice Biennale. Someone alert the House GOP."